Duck Down Records has been around since rap music's Golden Age and CEO Dru Ha has seen all the highs and lows of the music industry.
GlobalGrind had a chance to catch up with the legendary CEO at Duck Down's Manhattan offices and we had a great conversation about the epic times of kicking it with Tupac in L.A. (involving a guy named Thor and stealing Pac's orange soda).
Read on for more.
We know you had a special friendship with Tupac, can you share one of the stories about meeting Pac?
Those are some of my best memories. He came to pick us up at the airport. He did everything himself. He called us and it was like out of a movie scene. He called like, 'What’s up it’s me, Pac!' I thought it was Buckshot playing a joke on me because I f*cked with Buck a few weeks before that.
We were on Priority Records and Master P was on the label and I had an intern call the office one day when Buck was here and I was like, 'Yo Buck, Master P is on the phone!' (laughs) Buck was on the phone with the intern and I just started wildin’ out in the background like 'Buck! Tell him I said Uhhhhhhh!' At first Buck looked at me and he continued on the phone like, 'Yo maybe we can collaborate…' I’m like, 'Yo tell him I said Uhhhhh!' again. He looked at me the first time then finally he said, 'Yo, what’s wrong with you?' (laughs) I was crying and then Buck eventually realized that I was f*cking with him and it was a joke. So when the receptionist said that Pac was on the phone I initially thought Buck was going for his revenge. But it was really Pac and he knew everything about us. It was crazy.
He said, 'Yo, I’m sending tickets out, how many do you need?' The next day the tickets showed up and they were one way tickets. (laughs) I didn’t like that too much because I knew I couldn’t spend more than a few days out there. I knew I had to get back to the office. I called him back like, 'my ticket needs to be round trip!'
Then he picks us up at the airport. You think if you go see Tupac it’s gonna be a publicist or someone that’s gonna come, not him. But it was him and Tha Outlawz and he had the Bentley and a limosine and he was the guy outside for us. We got our bags and met him and he was like, 'f*ck that, I’m ridin in the limo with you guys!' and he told Tha Outlawz to drive his Bentley and he just got in the limo with us...